We all love animals. But some of us live in the real world, where each disaster gets cleaned up after the internet outrage tornado blows through. Those of us who use our dollars, our backs, and our brains to conserve wild animals and wild places know this story well. For those who have never purchased a hunting or fishing license and took the liberty to bash hunting, this video is for you.
A Conservationist’s Cry is a video put together by people and organizations in African whose livelihood is tied to hunting – the livelihood that you, the anti-hunter, have decimated. And, if you don’t care about the people and only care about the animals, there’s a horrifying ending just for you.
If, after watching the video, you still don’t believe hunting plays a vital role in conservation, try this:
Ask your Grandpa how many deer there were in his area of the country when he was a kid. How many are there now?
Or, think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember the amount of geese living in your area that you see now?
Hunters and anglers do the real world work of conserving wild animals and wild places. If you want to join in our effort, all you need to do is purchase a hunting or fishing license. Think of it like a membership in the club of people getting things done for the animals and places we both love.
It’s been said you’re either a part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.
Do you love the outdoors? Are you willing to spend 2-3 minutes per week ensuring your way of life lives on into the next generation? If so, you’re the person we’re looking for to become our next Digital Mentor.
We get it. Mentoring can be tough. Life is busy; there are so many demands on your time.
But, why should you care about spending a couple minutes a week passing on our outdoor traditions? Why spend the time helping new people?
The math is clear. Each year that passes the average hunter ages nearly 10 months. Today the average license buyer is about 42 years old. By the age of 68, license purchases fall to nearly zero. At the present pace, we’re only one generation from participation in the outdoors reaching alarmingly low levels. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Digital Mentoring via the free Powderhook app, made possible through a partnership with Cabela’s and Pass it On – Outdoor mentors, is one way we can work together make the kind of change we need. Only you, the individual outdoorsman, have the ability to make it happen. No agency program, no event planned by an organization, and no ad campaign from company can do what you can do with just a couple minutes a week.
New apps can be confusing to navigate. Luckily Powderhook made it as easy as possible to post, navigate and share from inside the app allowing you more time to find a place to go or ask questions about the outdoors. Here’s a video walkthrough to help you get started. Continue reading How to use the Powderhook App→
Available via the free Powderhook app, the Outdoor Pledge provides a simple guide to aid in decision making for men, women, and children who consider themselves sportsmen.
Lincoln, NE – Powderhook, the outdoor help desk, today announced the availability of the Outdoor Pledge. Built into the Powderhook app, the pledge consists of four promises.
The Outdoor Pledge puts into simple terms the wisdom of generations of sportsmen, mindful of the reality that for many people time spent outdoors with their teachers is scarce. Through this initiative, Powderhook seeks to unite the individuals and groups that care about the true meaning of what hunting and fishing is all about: being a steward of the land, promoting goodwill through strong ethics, honoring the beauty and fragility of nature, and teaching the next generation to do the same. Continue reading TAKE THE OUTDOOR PLEDGE→
LINCOLN – Powderhook announced Tuesday the nationwide launch of its mobile application, providing sportsmen and sportswomen hyper-local answers to their outdoor questions. Via the Powderhook app, users now have free access to local information about outdoor events and activities, hunting and fishing opportunities, and free maps of public lands, lakes, and rivers across the country.
If you don’t approve of hunting, for whatever reason, I want you to know I appreciate you taking a minute to read this letter. My intention is to offer a couple facts about hunting you may not know. I don’t expect to change your mind altogether, but I do hope to provide some information that may create a more informed conversation.
You’re right. Our civilization has changed such that many people no longer need to directly participate in the food chain. Cities of us can go to grocery stores for the food we once grew or killed for ourselves. So, why then does hunting still matter?
You’re right. All living things have value. Animal lives matter, and that’s all animals, not just the one whose hair is stuck to your shirt right now. If that’s true, how can someone argue killing an animal is not only justified but important?
We have gotten a lot of great feedback from you guys over the past couple weeks and we are proud to say that we’ve pushed out a version that we are really excited about! As always, reach out to us if you have any ideas or thoughts on the Powderhook app so we can keep improving it for you. Check out what we’ve pushed:
Create an Outdoor ID
Introducing OutdoorID. That’s our term for a handle. Think of it like a Twitter handle. You now have the option to post and comment in the app with or without your OutdoorID. This is the minimum viable version of a big idea. Make sure you claim your ID before someone gets all the good names. Get yours in the Account Settings area of the “Me” section.
Updated Map Layers
Dora the Explorer’s map would be proud. We made some major improvements to our map, including a few new layers and a simple way to toggle things on and off. You can change the background layer between 3 options: outdoors, satellite and topographic. On top of those layers you can choose to turn on: public land, lake contours, event pins and one of three different animal activity layers (deer, turkey or waterfowl). Look for lots more fun stuff here down the road.
View Outdoor Events in Your Area Outdoor related events are now visible in the Chatter feed, plus we’ve also added a layer in the map so you can see all the events in one place. Just click the “Layers” button in the bottom right of the map and toggle on the “Events” layer. We pull these events (there are thousands) from all over the internet so we are sure you can find events in your area.
Information Pop-Up Box for Public Ground & Lakes
Click on a public land boundary. Now you’ll get a little pop-up with the name of the public land, what town it is located near, the county, the number of acres it encompasses and directions to that location. We’ve included an “Info” button which will do a google search for that public area allowing you to do more research on your own. Down the road we’ll add a review feature for actual reviews of public ground.
Lastly, you can now reply to comments. Comment on comments. Comment on replies. You get it. This feature allows people to have more directed conversations on certain posts and allows people to collapse comments that they are not interested in.
“We have to do this,” Blaine Cooper told me in a rush. “The BLM lit a fire to burn this ranch down because they want the uranium that’s under it! The left blew up buildings, killed people, enslaved people to make this wildlife refuge!”
Cooper was sitting behind the wheel of a white pickup, heater blasting, and talking to me through the open window. It was the middle of last January, maybe 12 degrees above, here at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, with day just breaking over a universe of frost-whitened sagebrush and 6 inches of old snow.
Background checks are already a thing. Expanding them is pointless.
This is the first of a 3-page document, Form 4473, entitled ‘Firearms Transaction Record.’ Every law-abiding citizen in the US fills this form out, awaits processing by the seller, and receives approval from the Federal Government to purchase his or her weapon before they can leave a store with a gun. The story that they’re not wide-reaching or all-inclusive is a myth. Most lawful gun owners have no problem with this process and see it as a meaningful way to keep guns out of the wrong hands. But, lawful gun owners aren’t the problem. The problem is the system that sits behind this paperwork is flawed, has loopholes, and fails to punish the criminals who don’t use it. More encumbrance on lawful individuals is absolutely not the way to keep the unlawful from having guns. That’s like lowering the speed limit because some people speed. Let’s encourage our lawmakers to start discussing real solutions.
The more time I spend as a parent the more I realize how much I appreciate my father. Beyond the values of hard work and caring for others that he instilled in me, what I appreciate most is my love of the outdoors that comes from my time spent in a boat with dad. Recent articles and other discussions here on IDO have talked about the topic of less youth getting into fishing these days and my biggest hope is that I am able to do as good a job of passing my passion on to my son as my dad did for me.